The winner of The Man Booker Prize will be announced this week. I have been keeping tabs on the shortlist, as well as the general vibe surrounding this year’s line-up, and a question keeps popping up again and again: Are literary awards necessary anymore? The Pulitzer Prize for Literature, the National Book Award, Costa Book Awards – these are just some of the big names … Continue reading Are Literary Awards Necessary Anymore?
I was given a copy of A Most Wanted Man by Penguin Modern Classics as part of the John Le Carré book blog tour. Huge thank you to the team at Penguin Modern Classics, as well as John Le Carré, for this opportunity. Don’t forget to check out the other stops on this tour, which review the other books by John Le Carré. He now … Continue reading Book Review: A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré
I was given a free copy of Overkill as part of the Overkill book blog tour in exchange for an honest review. Huge thank you to Anne Cater, Vanda Symon, and Orenda Books for the opportunity to be part of this book blog tour! Blurb When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small … Continue reading Book Review: Overkill by Vanda Symon
Whether it’s the estranged cousin who thinks they’re the next J.K. Rowling, or your own horrific fan-fiction from five years ago, we’ve all come across some truly ghastly things written on paper. Our responses may differ – we may cringe, laugh, rant to our friends, put the book back on the shelf and block it from our memory – but the fact remains the same. … Continue reading What is Bad Writing?
Blurb Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why and Satoru won’t say. Set against the backdrop of Japan’s changing seasons … Continue reading Book Review: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Hey everyone! I have the pleasure of introducing you to the wonderful Avhlee. She is a book and lifestyle blogger over on ScarletWriters, and has written the article down below for you to enjoy. She is a fantastic writer and reviewer, as well as a wonderful Twitter friend. I was lucky enough to be featured on her blog – which, I have to say, … Continue reading 3 Tips for Developing Well-Rounded Characters (Guest Post by Avhlee – Scarletwriters!)
It’s been a while, eh? August and July were busy months for me, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to read as many blogs as I would have liked. However, now that autumn draws near and the weather gets a chill, I’ve huddled myself up beneath the covers and binged on book bloggers. It’s good to be back in the thick of all these wonderful word-nerds. … Continue reading Book Blogger Binge: Wrap-Ups, Book Gifts and Female S.T.E.M Role Models…
It’s book blog tour time again, folks! For this tour, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing bestselling author and former detective Caroline Mitchell. She’s here to shine a light on detective live and talk about her upcoming thriller, Truth and Lies! This is the first time I’ve ever interviewed a police detective, so this was super exciting for me. I hope you enjoy her … Continue reading Author Interview: Caroline Mitchell with Truth and Lies!
A death, a mystery, and a character who might be on my all time favourite character list. This is my review of A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson! Continue reading Book Review: A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson
I received my review copy of Sticks and Stones as part of the Sticks and Stones Book Blog Tour! Thanks so much to their Press Officer Mia, Jo Jakeman, and the team at Harvill Secker for this opportunity. Blurb Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now … Continue reading Book Review: Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman
I hate first drafts. Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably already know this but, for me, writing the first draft is the worst part of the process. Often when I speak to other writers, they find the re-writing and editorial process to be the more challenging aspect. I couldn’t be more different. For me, editing is like putting a puzzle together. Maybe … Continue reading Writing Confessions: 5 Habits To Help Me Write a First Draft
I think the older I get as a reader – and the more precious my reading time becomes – the more frustrated I get when it comes to cliffhanger endings. In particular, I become frustrated when a really good novel ends on a cliffhanger. The crime isn’t solved, the characters don’t finish their intended arcs, the plot ends on an empty note – perhaps it is … Continue reading Book Review: The Bone Field by Simon Kernick